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  1. Re: Large Format Product & Food Photography Tips/Advice?

    That lens sound fine because it will give you a little distance. The Symmar S is an older series with a good track record. It's not as contrasty as most newer multi-purpose plasmats. But it will be...
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    Re: Keeping Time tray developing film

    A phone is another thing I go to the darkroom to avoid.
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    Re: What is anti-Newton ring glass exactly

    You seem to be talking about some awfully old 138's, Pere. All of mine have used mirror boxes and diffusion. I do have an old condenser head stored away somewhere - never used it, and sold off all...
  4. Re: Large Format Product & Food Photography Tips/Advice?

    I've seen some very elaborate expensive setups in studios dedicated to food. But to shoot single plates straight down all you need is a large copy stand capable of holding a 4x5 with a right angle...
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    Re: Keeping Time tray developing film

    I thought the darkroom was the place to escape the Muzak.
  6. Re: Gitzo 1371 3-way head has two locking knobs?

    The lesser knob is for adjusting "drag" - or friction like reddesert describes. In some tripod heads, instead of a secondary knob there's just a set screw adjustment.
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    Re: Keeping Time tray developing film

    I'm not sure what a "nice voice" sounds like to Aussies. I'd rather have neutral bleeps. I reckon the only thing those obnoxious new Alexa devices should be programmed to understand is, "shut up".
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    Re: What is anti-Newton ring glass exactly

    Well, unless the mask is made from something rigid like black anodized aluminum, it might have a tendency to warp under heat and need to be firmly clipped or taped too, and not just registered in...
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    Re: What is anti-Newton ring glass exactly

    Yes, Pere, but unless you have registration pins and attached registration loops involved (doable), it means taping the mask on, then needing to remove tape residue afterwards. In such cases,...
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    Re: Keeping Time tray developing film

    I have several options. The most common method is the Zone VI compensating development timer, which can be set for real time too, and beeps every 30 sec in addition to red LED readout per second. For...
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    Re: What is anti-Newton ring glass exactly

    That's a good start, Pere, but as you already stated, it's the projected image which counts. And in that case the variable of angle of incidence of light to the specific surface pattern of the AN...
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    Re: What is anti-Newton ring glass exactly

    Pere, once again you're guessing about this. I've been actually doing it for decades with exceptionally good results. The trick is to have the correct kind of AN glass for the angle of incidence of...
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    Re: What is anti-Newton ring glass exactly

    Done correctly, there is no diffusion whatsoever to the image when using AN glass both top and bottom. Every bit as sharp. It's how I've done it the past 40 yrs on all my enlargers. No contrast...
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    Re: John Muir Historic Site

    The abode building behind the orchards is now for Park personnel use and not open to the public, though it can obviously be photographed from outside. There was a big squiggly crack in the...
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    Re: Durst L1840 Parts Needed

    Oh my. That's unfortunate. There were a number of flavors of these Durst enlargers, and I haven't personally seen all of them. But as long as the focus rack motor is functional, it should do the...
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    Re: Durst L1840 Parts Needed

    Yes, there would be a built-in auto stop. But what you need to take a picture of and post is the whole device area retaining the bottom of the bellows and lensboard. It's there, attached to a...
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    Re: Durst L1840 Parts Needed

    You should have a manual knob for bellows focus directly opposite to where the motor gear engages, not at the same position. Look around.
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    Re: Durst L1840 Parts Needed

    If it was officially equipped to be exported to the US, it is very likely the focus and head-elevation motors are 115V, and can, if necessary, be operated completely independently of a 240V power...
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    Re: Durst L1840 Parts Needed

    Motorized focus is easy - you just momentarily toggle the switch one way or the other; it can handle very minor adjustments. But you can still do it manually; it just takes a little more hand...
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    Re: John Muir Historic Site

    Thanks Thomas. I chatted with the friendly young ranger at the desk and he didn't think so. I should have asked the lady at the mansion itself when she was sweeping the front porch. My smaller Ries...
  21. Re: Box of paper dated 1952, what to do with it?

    Save it unopened as a conversation piece, like amidol-stained fingernails.
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    John Muir Historic Site

    This is one of those smaller Natl Parks - friendly, uncrowded, and well maintained. I was just out there and the orchards are in fall color. It is best noted for its splendid Victorian mansion where...
  23. Re: Durst L1840 Enlarger 8x10 10x10--Everything you wanted to know...

    Assuming everything has been properly aligned and leveled, which is fairly easy with that Durst model, you place a negative in the carrier and very precisely focus on either your baseboard or easel...
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    Re: Single Travel

    I had a bear that fat sniffing around my truck and pack one night last yr at an "official" campground returning from a hiking trip. The only way they get that big is by eating junk food and garbage....
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    Re: Two Weeks, Two Workshops, Too Much Fun

    I wasn't trying to be disrespectful, Jim - was just talking in big carnivore dialect for fun.
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    Re: Two Weeks, Two Workshops, Too Much Fun

    Dern ... them bears n big furry wildlife sure has em a habit of breakin into Park cabins n hepin themselfs to everythung. But congraterlashuns on havin fun!
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    Re: Single Travel

    Well, there's Yosemite Valley, and there's the larger Yosemite Park. All the pictures I've taken in the Valley itself could be counted on one hand, even though I've been through there many many times...
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    Re: Single Travel

    Both of us knows what goes on around North Fork, John. There once were over twenty of acres of opium poppies just a few hundred yards behind the public landfill disposal operation, hidden by trees,...
  29. Re: "The big two" - Please tell me about your japanese lenses!

    Raccoons ate the snails (escargot) in my yard, so maybe they prefer French lenses too.
  30. Re: any proxy for Cibachrome P-30 chemicals

    Ciba base itself is a very high quality polyester sheeting useful for various darkroom applications, like cutout masks, templates, and shims. I wouldn't throw it away, even if it goes bad for its...
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    Re: Single Travel

    Both Sequoia NP and Yosemite NP have had major Cartel pot operations discovered inside park boundaries requiring serious swat team efforts to neutralize. It even happened in a particularly poison-oak...
  32. Re: Crazy Horse on the subject of portrait photography

    The idea of "stealing one's spirit" by taking their picture has been revived by some neo wannabee Indians. I know one of them. How much this concept applied to historic Indians is questionable; but...
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    Re: Single Travel

    We have over a hundred sizable parks in a short distance - NP holdings (Pt Reyes, GGNRA), several large State Parks, many many Regional Parks and Open Spaces, some quite large too. I can only think...
  34. Re: any proxy for Cibachrome P-30 chemicals

    You could probably home-brew the developer. The fixer is ordinary. But making your own bleach is unrealistic. The greater question would be, is the paper itself still any good and worth the effort? ...
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    Re: Single Travel

    I saw a guy trip over a log and fall smack on his face due to staring at a GPS. He was looking for a particular lake, which was in fact visibly right in front of him. He darn near fell right into it....
  36. Re: How different are Tessars from different companies?

    Tessars, generically, might very well have been made of molded plastic or hybrid components for modern small amateur camera applications. I'm not going to bother to research that either way, because...
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    Re: Sheet Opal Glass sources ?

    What Edmund lists on their amateur website is about 1% of their full industrial selection; and larger as well as custom sizes of opal glass are probably available. Yes, they're more a convenience...
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    Re: Single Travel

    I sure don't see any need for guns in Natl Parks (they're still illegal if loaded), or even in most Wilderness areas. Active grizzly or polar bear habitat might be the exception; but an ordinary...
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    Re: Ventilation specs for darkroom

    Pulling air is always more efficient than pushing it. An in-line fan somewhere in between, with ducts both directions, is a compromise. But there are also logistical issues. It's fairly easy to...
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    Re: Single Travel

    A water filter if you're out for awhile and don't know the purity of local streams and lakes. In many remote areas the water can be purer than city or bottled water; in other places downstream from...
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